Scottish boulderers will get to pit themselves against each other this autumn and winter after the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) and members of the Scottish Climbing Wall Network (SCWN) teamed up to launch the first national league since the 1980s.
The new Scottish National Bouldering League (SNBL), announced today (August 27), will be the first time a bouldering league has existed in Scotland since the Vango Bouldering League in the 1980s, which only some of those in the vets category are likely to remember.
The League will use one of the rounds of each host walls’ already scheduled bouldering competitions to include six rounds at walls across Scotland, one each month from October to March. Scoring after each round will be ranked. Competitors can attend all six rounds if
they wish, with their best four scores used to decide their final placings and the Scottish Bouldering Champions.
There will be categories for juniors (16-17), adults (18-44) and vets (45+), and male and female in each category. There’s no extra cost for entering the League: aspirants need just attend one of the relevant competitions and indicate that they wish to be entered into the SNBL.
The six rounds counting for the League are:
30 October – Alien Rock
21 November – TCA Glasgow
12 December – Transition Extreme
16 January – Inverness Leisure
6 February – Avertical World
5 March – EICA:Ratho
Prizes, donated by Allcord, include a ClimbX DoubleX boulder mat for first place, with second place receiving Trangoworld Yosemite jeans, a Tendon/Camp T-shirt and Camp chalk bot and chalk, and third receiving a Tendon beanie, Camp chalk bag and chalk and a Camp mini-karabiner.
More details about the SNBL can be viewed at the MCofS website.